Whether it is football players kneeling for the National Anthem or random people blocking traffic my making human-barricades in the roads, few Americans have demonstrated any real common sense when it comes to protesting what you have a problem with. President Trump decided to host Mandy Manning, the appointed “Teacher of the Year” and we got to see what democracy is supposed to look like. Let’s break it down.
For starters, why would any American that was being recognized for a job well done turn down a trip to the White
House and an opportunity for a photo-op with the sitting President. So you don’t line up with his political ideals? No reason to pass up a once-in-a-lifetime chance. But Mandy Manning demonstrated what demonstrating is really all about. She happily and affectionately posed with the President of the United States while wearing buttons and pins that clearly outlined her displeasure with his political agenda. And a good chunk of the nation, at that. But no disrespect, just good old-fashioned showing what you stand for. Nascar drivers wear their advertisers on their suits. Why shouldn’t you?
Now there has been widespread criticism about this event, believe it or not. Many out there have said that Mandy Manning could have done more by boycotting the event and refusing to be seen anywhere near one Mr. Donald Trump. Well, that shows a fundamental understanding of our country and what it is about. It also gives a notch to someone other than Ms. Manning. Donald Trump didn’t have to even have the event. He could have seen those pins and feared some sort of usurper in his midst. Instead, he smiled his best smile, embraced Ms. Manning, and congratulated her on the job that she was being recognized for doing.
Two adults at odds but understanding the situation. Maybe America could use a little more of that.